UAE named world's safest country to walk at night
UAE named world's safest country to walk at night

UAE named world’s safest country to walk at night

The UAE has been named the safest country to walk at night time in a recent international survey.

The Gallup’s Global Law and Order 2021 report found that 95% of people felt safe walking around the country at night.

And Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Tweeted his support for the findings.

Norway came second on the index with 93%.

Meanwhile, the UAE came second in the law and order index and with Norway topping the results.

The Gallup survey was based on people’s perceptions of their own security and trust in the rule of law. They collected results from 2021 and the first half of this year.

UAE announces new labour laws including maternity leave and working hours

The UAE has revealed a range of far-reaching labour law changes that affect everything from part-time work to employee protection.

The new laws were issued by President Sheikh Khalifa and will come into effect from next February.

One of the bigger rule changes is that workers can choose how they split their working contract. If you work a 40 hour day, you can now get it in writing that you work those hours over three days, for example, giving you a four-day weekend. Which is pretty cool!

Parental leave has also been increased. Women are eligible for 60 days maternity leave, with 45 days paid leave and 15 days on half wage. They can then take another 45 days without pay alongside that.

Another big change labour law change in the UAE means employers cannot withhold employees’ documents including passports. And they cannot charge workers recruitment fees.

And a discrimination law has been passed, making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion, national origin, social origin, or people’s disability.

There’s also big news for those who are overworked. It’s now illegal to work more than two hours of overtime in one day.

You can find a full rundown of the new labour laws here.